when a change has been through a customers change process?

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QAnna
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Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:15 am

hi all,
i'm really hoping you will be able to give me a good answer on my question because it's been in the back of my mind for some time now.

We have a change management process for every change we do in our internal systems and it seems to be working sufficiently for the demands we have on us.
But the issue i keep coming back to is when one of our customers have changes that have passed through their change process and they then send it in for us to implement as their service provider.

In that case we only ask to see their RFC number and make sure it's an authorized person making the request.

i'm worrying that we should do more since the requests often regard changes in our infrastructure. For instance setting up a virtual server.. a standard change, but not registed as anything else but an request in our system.

How would you treat this? I don't feel quite sure about this. On the one hand it's been thru their process and the risk is theirs, but on the other hand on more complicates requests i still feel a need to go though our process..

Advice please :)


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Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:40 am

Q Anne

if the change request from the customer requires a change on your managed equipment - ie not their equipment, then it is a change request for your CM process.

Now, 1st there has to eb a defintion for this in your service cotnract with the customer

2nd, the process -- emergency, fasttrack, urgent, standard, normal, etc - that it follows is dependent on the type of change and the inherent risk to your organization and its infrastructure

If the change is merely a firewall port opening, then this may be a low risk, low impact, standard change that does not require formal presentation to a CAB board.

However, if the change requires major configuration or other work that is medium or high risk, then the process may be a bit more formal
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Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:55 am

thanks so much for your reply. It confirms my own thoughts on this and I will see to it at once :-)

I really appreciate the help!
kind regards, A
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